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U.S. Soccer to Host Coaching Symposium in Conjunction With 2004 Nike Friendlies

Arena, Baharmast Scheduled to Speak at Two-Night Event;
Coaches Can Earn Up to Three CEUs for Attending

CHICAGO (October 26, 2004) – U.S. Soccer will host the fourth edition of the Nike Friendlies Coaching Symposium this winter, which will once again coincide with the 2004 Nike Friendlies taking place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from December 2-5, 2004. The symposium includes nightly presentations on Dec. 3 and 4, as well as a match analysis of a U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team match on Dec. 4 at the IMG Academy.

The Coaching Symposium will feature interaction with several of U.S. Soccer’s National Team coaches and is highlighted by a discussion with U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena on Dec. 3. 

The Symposium will also give participating coaches the opportunity to watch the Nike Friendlies. The annual Nike Friendlies has nearly doubled in size from the 2003 event and this year will include 68 teams across the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 age groups.  In addition to two U.S. Under-17 MNT squads and the USA’s Under-15 Boys’ National Team, Australia’s U-17 Men’s National Team will also compete in the Friendlies.

The coaching symposium opens on Dec. 3, with a discussion by Arena on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifying process. John Hackworth, U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team coach, will also speak that night on the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program.

On Saturday afternoon, coaches will gather and analyze the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team game at the IMG Academy fields. John Hackworth will discuss the U-17 MNT game plan prior to the match, and U.S. National Staff Coaches Mike Haas, Juan Carlos Michia, Bob Jenkins and Roberto Lopez will lead the match analysis during the game.

The symposium’s final night will feature presentations from Esse Baharmast, U.S. Soccer’s Director of Advancement & International Referee Development, and Pierre Barrieu, the Men’s National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach. Baharmast is one of the most highly respected members of the FIFA referee community and Barrieu is widely credited for establishing the fitness protocol that has helped the U.S. so dramatically in the last few years.

The nightly symposium sessions will take place at the IMG Campus and are expected to last two hours.

Registration is open to all coaches, and “A”-licensed coaches will receive one Continuing Education Credit per session for their attendance at the symposium. There is no fee to attend any of the symposium sessions or the U.S. Soccer / Nike Friendlies.  Coaches wishing to attend should click here to download a registration form. The completed form should be sent to the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or via fax at 312-808-9708.

Questions about the symposium can be directed to the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or 312-528-1218.

Scheduled Symposium Speakers
Friday, December 3
7:30 p.m. – IMG Campus

“World Cup Qualifying”
Bruce Arena
Men’s National Team Head Coach
“U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams: Player Development”
John Hackworth
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Coach

Saturday, December 4, 2003 
12 p.m. – IMG Academy Fields

“Under-17 Men's National Team: Match Analysis”
John Hackworth and Mike Haas, Bob Jenkins, Roberto Lopez and Juan Carlos Michia 
Men's National Staff Coaches, U.S. Soccer     

Saturday, December 4, 2003    
7:30 p.m. – IMG Campus

“Strength, Conditioning & Fitness Tactics for Elite Youth Players” 
Pierre Barrieu 
Men’s National Team Strength & Conditioning Coach
“Refereeing Elite Players”
Esse Baharmast
Director of Advanced & International Referee Development, U.S. Soccer